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"I have two passions in life; Children and Seniors. I coached baseball for 13 years from T-Ball to the Junior level and will tell you I learned so much from this experience as we are never too old to learn. I began my career in senior care over 15 years ago and live by the saying, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” I have been an Executive Director with Sunrise since 2012 and have had the pleasure to serve our seniors. My life experience of losing siblings at an early age and both my loving parents has made me very humble. This experience has allowed me to appreciate the little things in life and not sweat the small stuff. My work has allowed me the opportunity to make a difference for seniors and it fills my heart no matter how big or small. I always make myself available to families who are having a difficult time and lend my past experience to help alleviate the stress.
In my spare time I love to walk and capture photos of whatever may catch my eye and share them with family and friends."
"I started with Sunrise in January 2020. Previously I worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility in Austin, Texas as and also at an Assisted Living in Costa Mesa, CA.
My favorite part of the job is meeting new residents and their families. Being able to learn their stories while helping them during an often stressful time in their lives. I learn so much from resident’s stories and their pasts. The best part of working at Sunrise is the team! Not only in Santa Monica, but I feel supported from team members across the country who have the best interests of our residents at heart.
After attending Pennsylvania State University and then living in Texas, I am so happy to be back home in Southern California. I love to be on the water, try new restaurants, and spend time with my friends and family."
"My name is Shonda Williams, I am currently the Resident Care Director for Sunrise of Santa Monica, I have been working with Sunrise for 8 months.
My favorite part of the job is interacting with the residents, talking and listening to their stories is priceless. The best part of being a sunrise employee is the family oriented environment we share between the associates.
My spare time is spent with my family on long rides, evening movies, and thoughtful conversations with friends"
"My tenure with Sunrise began in 2006 at Sunrise of Playa Vista and in 2011 transitioned to Sunrise of Santa Monica.
I have worn many hats during my thirteen years of service at Sunrise Senior Living, Care manager, Supervisor and Coordinator to name a few. I enjoyed working in our Reminiscence neighborhood(Memory Care) engaging residents in activities as well as listening to stories of their life experiences and fascinating careers.
I love that Sunrise provides opportunities for our seniors to continue enjoying life by scheduling meaningful and purposeful activities.
In my new position as Assisted Living Coordinator, I look forward to continuing our mission of championing the quality of life for all seniors. Bringing our residents with joy, smiles and the best quality of care.
In my spare time, I love to watch movies with my daughter, dine out with my family and on a beautiful sunny California day, go for a hike in Malibu."
"I found my passion for working with seniors after finishing my undergraduate degree at Kent State University. I started with Sunrise at a community in Ohio as the Activity and Volunteer Coordinator. I transferred to the Santa Monica Community after moving to California a few years ago. I was able to continue in the Activity department upon arriving and have recently transitioned to the role of Business Office Coordinator. I love feeling like I am making a difference each day when I come to work. It is a joy to meet residents, families and team members while working closely with them. I feel a sense of pride to be part of an organization that stands for independence to all residents while encouraging dignity and personal choice.
When I am not at Sunrise I enjoy going to the beach, spending time outside, and cheering on all my beloved Ohio sports teams."
"My name is Juan Hernandez and I am the Assisted Living Coordinator. I have been working for Sunrise for over a year. Prior to Sunrise, I worked as a nurse in a Skilled Nursing Facility for 3 years.
My favorite part of the job is meeting and anticipating the resident’s needs. My favorite part of working at Sunrise is walking in the door and seeing all the staff and residents, Sunrise is my home away from home.
In my spare time, I like hiking, reading, and spending time with my family."
"My name is Dexie Enciso and I am the Dining Service Coordinator of Sunrise of Santa Monica. I have been with Sunrise for One year. Prior to Sunrise I was working at Nikkei Senior Gardens, a Japanese Senior community.
My favorite part of my job is doing what I love, which is cooking. Best part of working with Sunrise is walking into Sunrise and instantly receiving all these beautiful smiles from our residents and wonderful team!
On my spare time, I enjoy taking road trips with my dogs and taking scenic photographs with my professional camera."
"My name is Milton Pineda and I am the Maintenance Coordinator at Sunrise. I have worked with Sunrise for 6 months and I believe coming to Sunrise was the best decision I ever made. I get to do what I do best, but in a warm, trusting, family environment. We are a great team here at Sunrise as we all aim toward a common goal, which is to care for our most valuable assets, our residents. In my particular area of work, I take great pride and very much look forward to being a part of creating what will be the new space and home to our new residents.
Outside of work, I do as much as possible to spend it with family. I love the solitude of the mountains, hiking with family and friends and cycling solo whenever I get the chance."
"Welcome to the Wonderful World of Activities!
My name is Dana Hunter and I am the Activity and Volunteer Coordinator here at Sunrise of Santa Monica. I have worked with Sunrise for four years. My career with Sunrise began in New York at our Fleetwood Community. I transferred to California in 2019. Prior to Sunrise, I was a High School teacher for fifteen years.
My favorite part of my job is getting to work with all of the residents, seeing the best of them and putting smiles on their faces. It is truly rewarding.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my son and teaching him about new cultures by traveling the world."
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